Everyone Gave Up On Him Except His Mother
Any parent with children can tell you how exciting the 9-months leading up to the arrival to their little bundle of joy are. They twiddle their thumbs and anxiously wish that time would just fly by faster.
These two parents however, went through a tremendously traumatic experience during their pregnancy. 20 weeks into her pregnancy, Mhari and her husband Paul were given terrible news that Mhari’s water had broken. The doctors told her that the pregnancy was non-viable, and that she needed to prepare for a termination.
Mhair instinctively knew they were wrong; she could feel it in her heart that following their advice was the wrong thing to do. Instead, she decided to keep her baby alive until he was ready to come out, regardless of the risk.
The events that followed are nothing less than miraculous.
At 25 weeks, Jett Morris was born, having survived for 5 weeks in his mother’s womb after her water broke. He weighed 1.4 lbs at birth.
Jett suffered from chronic lung disease and jaundice. He also had two holes in his heart.
As his lungs and organs developed, Jett soon recovered from all of the illnesses. On March 5th, 3 weeks before his original due date, he was finally allowed to go home. Doctors also said that the holes in his heart should not affect his life at all.
Mhari couldn’t believe that her doctors had so callously advised termination. They gave up on Jett almost instantly. “When my waters broke at 20 weeks, they didn’t see him as a child yet; they just called him a ‘non-viable fetus.’ It was cold and I was devastated.”
“I was in the early pregnancy unit and no-one from pediatrics came to talk to me about my other options. But I’d just had a 20-week scan and everything was perfect and finding out it was a boy made it very hard to accept a termination. The doctor said ‘You have to have a termination because there’s nothing we can do.'”
“I understand doctors have to tell you the worst case scenario and be blunt, but no two people on this Earth are exactly the same and doctors didn’t even give Jett a chance. When he came back in and Paul and I had talked we told him I wouldn’t be going into theatre and the doctor looked at his watch and rolled his eyes at me, as if I was wasting time. I said to Paul ‘we have to get out of here.'”
Mhari had to Google her options rather than receive any useful advice or help from her medics. Understandably, Mhari now worries for other mothers. “We have a happy outcome, but I worry that other mothers could have had an abortion when their babies might have survived.”
One year later, Jett is a happy and tremendously healthy baby boy. He continues to bring his parents so much joy and each look at him is a reminder of the miracle that he is. Call it mother’s intuition or whatever you wish, Mhari knew that giving up on Jett was not an option.